The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a two-week )18-30 March 2018) Search & Rescue Dog-Handling training of trainers (ToT) for the Internal Security Forces (ISF) Dog Handling unit, as part of the Danish Project to Support Land Border Security in Lebanon funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs European Union within the framework of the Enhanced Capability For Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), and funded by the European Union.

The ToT training aimed at consolidating and expanding the knowledge and skills acquired by members of the ISF Dog Handling unit from previous training events. Applying interactive training methods, Danish experts facilitated practical sessions in different areas and locations in order to simulate different possible scenarios and contexts.

Sessions focused on enhancing command skills of dog handlers and obedience training for dogs (verbal and nonverbal commands), and operating in difficult environments, and each trainee was appointed as lead trainer for a day to lead on training activities under the supervision of Danish experts. Sessions also focused on dog’s endurance and agility such as climbing stairs, jumping walls, and performing other tasks.

Dog handling units are most efficient in terms of tracking down suspects and criminals, finding illicit substances, searching buildings, and rescuing individuals from dangerous situations. Enhancing the ISF Dog Handling unit capacities will enhance border security in terms of transit of people and goods, as well as preventing and combatting crime domestically.  

The Search & Rescue Dog-Handling ToT comes in line with IBM Lebanon’s approach to ensure sustainability of knowledge transfer and capacity building within ISF, as part of the improvement of land border security in Lebanon.